Origins of This Oral History Project
This Project Was Created By Stephanie Kip
Stephanie worked for ten years as a librarian in Parsippany, NJ where Greystone Hospital was located. In 2016 she organized a panel discussion to observe the first anniversary of the demolition of Greystone’s iconic Main Building. The theme was “Greystone Remembered: Its Architectural and Cultural Significance, The Efforts to Save it and Its Legacy for Other Historic Psychiatric Institutions”. Dr. Robert Kirkbride, the founder and spokesperson for Preservation Works was the keynote speaker. The event was live streamed to 1000 people and a strong interest was expressed to preserve individuals’ memories of Greystone. Based on Stephanie’s expertise in conducting oral histories for the Library of Congress and her past employment as an administrator in the old Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Building, establishing this oral history project seemed like a natural utilization of her skills. Finally, she believes that everyone has an interesting story to tell and was particularly inspired by a former Greystone consumer who said “For a long time I’ve wanted someone to ask me about Greystone”.
This oral history project is self-funded and operates independently of other organizations. Written interview transcripts are archived in the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center of the Morristown Library.